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VH1 Orders Kimberly Elise Hour-Long Scripted Sports Drama Series 'Bounce'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 24, 2012 10:50 AM
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Kimberly Elise

VH1 has ordered the Kimberly Elise scripted hour-long drama titled, Bounce, which co-stars newcomer Taylour Paige, Charlotte Ross, Logan Browninghas and Dean Cain.

Sanaa Hamri directed the pilot episode of a series that will focus on the lives and loves of a team of professional basketball dancers.

Bounce follows the lives and loves of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the No.1 professional basketball team in the country. It centers on Ahsha (Taylour Paige), a sheltered young woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been an original Devil’s Girl herself. Olivia (Charlotte Ross) is the shrewd squad manager, Jelena (Logan Browning) is the ruthless star captain of the dance team and Pete Davenport (Dean Cain) is the former All-Star who’s come back to coach his old team only to have to contend with the girls both stealing the spotlight and distracting his players. 

Production will officially begin in 2013. 

The cast of the show also includes Valery Ortiz, Katherine Bailess, Jonathan McDaniel and McKinley Freeman

Bounce has all the elements we know VH1 viewers love; a world very much on the pop culture radar, an incredible cast and compelling, addictive storytelling. We wanted to create a scripted series at VH1 in which music is a strong narrative force, and we have found that with Bounce,said Jeff Olde, EVP Original Programming and Production.

In a recent interview, Elise rejected the interviewer's suggestion that Bounce may be more like one of VH1's reality TV series, specifically Basketball Wives; Kimberly quickly dimissed that idea (can't blame her), and instead said that it's more like Black Swan, the dark, fantastical, Oscar-winning film (Best Actress for Natalie Portman) directed by Darren Aronofsky

She later clarified that it's not as dark as Black Swan, but that it's similar in the sense that it gives the audience a glimpse at what goes on behind-the-scenes, the mechanics of it all, with the cast of pro dancers that make up the show; and also that it IS indeed a scripted series, not a reality TV show.

But overall, she seemed really excited about it.

No word on whether VH1 will air the pilot episode - which is feature length - anytime soon.

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  • GF | May 30, 2013 8:17 PMReply

    With the exception of Dean Cain and Kimberly Elise, these "actors" couldn't act their way out of a bag. It was so painful to watch yet I couldn't turn the channel. Showgirls bad. Like watching a trainwreck or a car accident. Surely there are people out there who can act and dance.

  • AI | July 25, 2012 10:35 AMReply

    All the people judging the show before it even airs. Goodness. I guess these are the trials of a Black actress.

  • Miles Ellison | July 24, 2012 9:57 PMReply

    "Bounce has all the elements we know VH-1 viewers love?" This is an hour of cursing, drink throwing, racist sexual stereotyping, weave snatching, and no-panty-short-skirt brawling?

  • ALM | July 24, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    Is VH1 now just BET with Top 40/AC music?

  • Dianna | July 24, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    VH1 seems to have a bipolar disorder. One day it can have great programs like Storytellers, Behind the music and Jumpstart and then the next day it has some ghetto "wives" fighting each other. And you can tell they market the ghetto shows to minorities by the type of sponsors and voice overs they use in the programs.

  • truth | July 24, 2012 4:10 PMReply

    Kimberly can do so much better than this.

  • Lauren | July 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    @Truth-Oh, are you offering her a job?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 24, 2012 11:23 AMReply

    It would appear that VH1 is the new black.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    Ha! X_X

  • Miles Ellison | July 24, 2012 9:58 PM

    You left out the "face" part.

  • Najeema | July 24, 2012 11:14 AMReply

    A Sports drama? Nope. Let's not call it that. I'm disappointed. Instead of seeing images of powerful women competing in any atheletic arena, I'm going to watch a drama about women associated with a men's basketball team. How is this woman centered? Just my quick, initial thoughts, but I'm very disappointed and despite the effort, this doesn't do enought to tell women's stories.

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